Six (6) Fallacies Concerning Salvation

A fallacy = a false or mistaken idea.

Today let’s consider: Six (6) Fallacies Concerning Salvation

1. No people will be saved
2. All people will be saved
3. All good people will be saved
4. All religious people will be saved
5. All believers in Jesus will be saved
6. All who are now saved will stay saved

Lessons Learned Too Late

1st Kings 13

The man of God began with courage and devotion to God, but very sadly ended in tragedy.

Lessons to be learned:

  1. Religious people don’t always tell the truth.
  2. Sincerity alone does not make things right.
  3. Earlier obedience will not cover later disobedience.
  4. God means what He says.

The man of God learned these lessons too late to do him any good.

  • Will we avoid making the same mistake he did?

The Bronze Serpent

The Bronze Serpent

(Num. 21:4-9)

  1. The people became impatient and spoke against God and Moses
  2. The Lord sent fiery serpents; Moses interceded for the people
  3. At the LORD’S command Moses made a bronze serpent
  4. Whoever believes in Jesus will have eternal life
  5. We must not shrink back to destruction

 

In the days of those kings, God will set up a kingdom

In the days of those kings, God will set up a kingdom. Daniel chapter 2 verse 44

Daniel was carried into exile to Babylon about 605 BC (Dan. 1:1-7; 2:25b).

  • Shortly after (cf. Dan. 2:1), Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had a troubling dream about the future.
  • Daniel explained the dream with God’s help (Daniel 2)!

False fake miracles, signs, and wonders

  1. Miracles, signs and wonders do not happen today.
  • It should be obvious that miracles do not happen today when we consider just some of Jesus’ many miracles.

2.  There is no need for miracles, signs and wonders to happen today.

Miracles, signs and wonders proved that the doers of them were from God, because only God can do such things:

  • e., Only God:
    • 72:18 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders.
  • Jesus:
    • 10:37-38 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.”
    • Jn. 3:1-2 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; 2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
  • Jesus’ disciples:
    • Mk. 16:20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.

Jesus and His apostles saw to it that many of these things were written down, and when they were written down there was no more need for the miracles, signs and wonders to be performed in each succeeding generation:

  • 20:30-31 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

 False/fake miracles, signs and wonders occur even today

What about those who testify to “supernatural experiences” that have supposedly happened today?

(i)  Some are simply liars.

This may sound harsh, but such lies have made by many religious people in the past:

  • g., 1Ki. 13:18 He said to him, “I also am a prophet like you, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.'” But he lied to him.

(ii) Others might be sincere, but they are deceived.

Again, sadly, there have been many such sincere but deceived people down through the years:

  • g., 1Ki. 18:25-29 So Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one ox for yourselves and prepare it first for you are many, and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.” 26 Then they took the ox which was given them and they prepared it and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon saying, “O Baal, answer us.” But there was no voice and no one answered. And they leaped about the altar which they made. 27 It came about at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, “Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened.” 28 So they cried with a loud voice and cut themselves according to their custom with swords and lances until the blood gushed out on them. 29 When midday was past, they raved until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice; but there was no voice, no one answered, and no one paid attention.

 

  • Rom. 10:1-2 Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. 2 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.

The Bible is its Own Best Dictionary

Words in the Bible can have their meanings changed in society over time.

  • Therefore modern English dictionaries can sometimes wrongly define Bible words.

If you want to know what a word means in the Bible, then pull out the Bible itself and look up all the different places where that word is used! The bible is its own best dictionary.

We look at 11 bible words misunderstood today

  1. church
  2. saint
  3. priest
  4. Christian
  5. baptize
  6. minister
  7. pastor
  8. love
  9. miracle
  10. hades
  11. antichrist

 

Which Church?

Which church should I join?

Where do all churches come from? Why is there so much division? Do all roads lead to heaven?

4 Questions answered on which church?

  1. Which Church is the Church which Jesus built?
  2. What about churches that men have built?
  3. Does it really matter?
  4. Where today is the church that Jesus built?

Demons, Exorcism, Witchcraft and Astrology

Four questions for today:

  1. Do demons possess people today as they did in the days of Jesus and the apostles
  2. If so, do we need ‘exorcists’ today to get rid of them?
  3. Does witchcraft have any real power?
  4. Can we know our future by studying the stars and planets as in Astrology? (i.e. looking up your ‘horoscopes’)